After Helsinki, Trump boasts of reinforcing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Susan Brooks

President Trump is getting a strong reaction after a Fox News interview in which he appeared to question the need to honor NATO's collective defense clause, while suggesting that newest alliance member Montenegro is a country of "aggressive people" who could trigger World War III.

Asked in a Fox television interview why Americans should defend Montenegro from attack, Trump said: "I´ve asked the same question".

In a statement, the government of Montenegro said: "We build friendships, and we have not lost (a) single one, and at the same time we are able to boldly and defensively protect and defend our own national interests". This airbrushes from history both the 1999 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bombing to separate Kosovo from Yugoslavia, of which Montenegro was then a part, and the 1991 conflict over Croatia's secession, which saw troops from Montenegro fighting near the city of Dubrovnik.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked the United States president about the country of 620,000. A Montenegro undefended by American troops is not a gateway to Russian dominance.

"I understand what you're saying".

Montenegro is a small country with very strong people.

"I'm absolutely confident that the foundations of that are as strong as they have ever been", Ms Payne said. He also says the country is home to "very aggressive people".

More specifically, he was asked about Article 5, the organisation's joint defence agreement, which basically says that if any of the 29 countries in NATO get attacked by an outsider, the rest will jump in to defend it.


It also comes on the heels of remarks the president made at a news conference in Helsinki in which he appeared to take Putin's word that Russian Federation did not interfere with the 2016 USA election.

Even Republicans usually supportive of Trump, such as House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan were forced to spell out that Trump "must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", while those that are typically critics of the president like Republican Senator John McCain did not hold back. The Post recently reported that US military commanders are anxious that if they had to quickly move USA troops east to head off a military conflict with Moscow, "the most powerful military in the world could get stuck in a traffic jam" as "Humvees. snarl behind plodding semis on narrow roads" and "U.S. tanks. crush rusting bridges too weak to hold their weight".

In its 12 years of independence, the tiny country has not once come close to starting a war. Tiny states like Montenegro have little relevance to basic USA national security.

But Trump added another wrinkle to the scenario and suggested Montenegro's "aggressive people" could spark a global conflict and drag the USA with it. We can trust her to join with her like-minded colleagues (let's hope they're a majority next January) to oppose Trump's reckless actions.

DARMANOVIC: When he mentioned us, he just said something that describe us.

Mr Hunt and his colleague Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson declined to say whether they thought the United Kingdom should go that far.

As such, the U.S. president's comments not only undermined the government but could also embolden the country's pro-Russian and anti-Nato opposition.

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